Indeed, God is the only one who sees the end from the beginning. William Carey, known as “the father of modern missions,” is a sterling example of one who persisted in doing God’s will whatever obstacles encumbered his path. Despite a succession of unbelievable challenges — including an unsympathetic wife who later became insane — he translated the entirety or parts of the Bible into 40 languages, especially Eastern languages such as Bengali and Sanskrit, wrote a Bengali dictionary, was a central figure in the modernization of India, and founded the Baptist Missionary Society.
A few days before the study cruise, expositing Isaiah 40:27-31 during his message at the Ligonier Conference, Dr. Steven Lawson said, “This sovereign God gives all-sufficient grace to his people in their trials and in their afflictions — which is not to say that the nations of the world, as they bring their terror and their devastation upon the land of God’s people — it is not to say that it is without reality. God will not protect them from all of this devastation. But God will give them the grace to persevere through the most difficult and dark hours that they will face. He gives a greater grace. He gives strengthening grace that is all-sufficient.”
“How big is your God?” Dr. Lawson continued. “That is the issue for the church in every generation, and that is the issue before us today. And the greater we understand our God, who our God is, the greater we will love him, the greater we will preach him, the greater we will pray to him and praise him and serve him. We must have an enlarged view of God … As we come to grow in our understanding of the awesomeness of our God, the church of the Lord Jesus Christ will be strong and rooted and grounded in the midst of the times in which we live, in which we are surrounded once again by the threatenings and the terrors of the nations. Look to God. Put your faith in God. Wait on the Lord, and you will gain new strength.”